SportsNation Blog Archives Hakeem Nicks
Tom Coughlin is somewhat legendary for his grumpiness, but his recent criticism of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has struck some as a bit petty. Nicks chose not to attend voluntary workouts, and Coughlin said he was "disappointed" in the veteran wide receiver. Dan Graziano thinks coaches need to understand that said workouts are voluntary for a reason and that it doesn't necessarily mean that Nicks lacks commitment. The NFL's emphasis on toughness and discipline is well-known, but in situations like this one, the line between expectations and reality is fuzzy.
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Should Cruz get paid?
Victor Cruz didn't do all that much in the Super Bowl -- just 25 yards and a touchdown on four receptions -- but his performance over the 2011 season was exceptional. Now he wants to get paid like an elite receiver.
Nicks or Cruz?
Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were the Giants' 1-2 punch on offense this season. Nicks, in particular, was practically uncoverable during the Super Bowl.
Too much emphasis?
Bill Belichick evidently respected Cruz and Nicks enough to place most of the coverage on them during the Super Bowl in order to force the ball to receivers like Mario Manningham. It backfired on one play, but was it the right call?